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Ridley Scott adds Fassbender to sci-fi thriller

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Details continue to shift regarding Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi endeavor.

For starters, it was going to be an “Alien” prequel … two of them, in fact. Scott had discussed plans to film back-to-back “Alien” prequels while making the rounds for “Robin Hood.” But somewhere along the way, plans shifted. The project took on a different name – “Prometheus” – and distanced itself from the “Alien” franchise as a whole. Scott now says the film will have “Alien” DNA.

20th Century Fox, which is releasing the film, made a shift of its own, moving “Prometheus” from a March 2012 date to June 8, 2012 … right in the heart of next year’s summer season.

And now we’re hearing casting news. THR reports that “Inglourious Basterds” star Michael Fassbender will star alongside “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” standout Noomi Rapace when Scott begins shooting his film. Fassbender also has the high-profile role of Magneto in this summer’s “X-Men: First Class,” from director Matthew Vaughn.

What changes are on the horizon next for Scott’s film? What exactly does “Alien DNA” mean? We’re curious, but something tells us specifics will be scarce until Scott’s ready to roll “Prometheus” into theaters next year.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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